Recently at work we have been working a lot of overtime. When you combine this with an overnight schedule, plus my other music activities that are not on violin/viola, it leaves very little time for practice on them.
In fact, I haven't picked up my viola in a week and a half (much longer for the violin, rip). This lead me to ponder ways I could sneak practice in at work.
I came to the conclusion that I could either use my 'beater' viola or even purchase a very cheap instrument and leave it in the trunk, then use it on my 15 minute breaks (lunches are for walking!) in the front seat of my car for practice.
Obviously because of space constraints, this would have to be pizz practice with no semblance of proper form or technique - in fact, to use the words of Boccherini it would be 'immitando la chitarra'.
What are you thoughts on the validity of this form of practicing? My logic is that it's better to have two 15 minute practice sessions of *something* than zero practice sessions of nothing, but what would one focus on? Perhaps plucking along to recordings?
Unfortunately my supervisor is extremely unsympathetic to the situation - no instruments out of their case in the building! (except that one time the power was out...)Tweet
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